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the death toll now stands at six, as a massive storm system makes its way across the country. all the fatalities in woodward, oklahoma, where three of the victims were young girls. lightning strike ago power there, disabling the town's alarm system as that deadly tornado approached in the dark of the night. recover efforts underway this morning and some families are salvaging what they can from the wreckage, while others cope with losing just everything they own. >> it was a pretty interesting night. >> what was going on? >> well, it started pretty early yesterday with tornado watches and storms and what have you, and then just tornado after tornado, wave after wave of storms, coming up straight at up, then they would come up here and turn. >> it's scary and a reality check, because all the other times we would stay at his mom and dad's house, i would always think nothing is ever going to happen. nothing is ever going to
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happen. we're just being paranoid and it's what happened. everything that we've ever worked for is right here, and it's all gone. martha: -- jenna: we are live on the ground as the cleanup continues and the storm system moves on. fox news team coverage coming up in a few moments. jon: the president's south american summit overshadowed by scandal, an investigation into the secret service and prostitution. jenna: today, congress will look into the outrageous spending by a federal agency. those trips to vegas, and hawaii. rick: the clown. jenna: the infamous clown. all on our dime, by the way. could this be the tip of the iceberg, though? rick: plus it's the new rage in plastic surgery, growing in popularity, faster than breast augmentation, botox and liposuction combined. implants. but not where you might think. this all "ing, now. -- this is all "happening now".
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jenna: we have quite the variety of stories this monday monday. rick: i'll say we do! jenna: that's the way it should be of course. in the meantime the top story is today senate taking up one of the president's maj of proposals. we're glad you're with us everybody, i'm jenna lee. we have someone special with us on the set today. rick: thank you, nice to be on the set with you, instead of running around like a crazy person. jenna: we've got to give him his exercise, come on! rec rick i'm rick folbaum in for jon scott. lawmakers are set to rule on the proposed buffet rule on americans to pay a minimum of 30 percent in federal taxes. critics argue it would hurt small businesses and won't make a dent in the debt but president obama insists the rule issention ll to a healthy economy. >> we always have to think about whether every single person is getting a fair shot where they actually have opportunity. >> when we have debates now
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about our tax policy, when we have debates now about the buffet rule that we've been talking about, where we say if you make a million dollars a year or more, you shouldn't pay a lower tax rate than your secretary, that is not an argument about redistribution. that is an argument about growth. rick: let's go to chief washington correspondent jaime rosen who joins us with the very latest on this >> reporter: rick and jenna, good morning. a procedural vote on the buffet rule is expected by the senate this evening. bear in mind a number of similar proposals laimed at -- aimed the millionaires who often pay lower tax rates than us because the income is arrived he deed rived from investment and not wage earning has died swiftly in the house of representatives. this proposed rule, of course, is named after one of the world's richest men, warren buffet, the so called oracle of omaha who has famously declared it an injustice that he should pay a lower rate of taxes than
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his secretary, republicans sought to remind mr. buffet that no law precludes him from giving as much to the federal treasury as he thinks would be just. president obama has barn stormed battle ground states talking up the measure which would if enacted trim about $4 billion a year -- excuse me -- yes, $4 billion a year for the next decade off the federal budget, a small fraction of the nation's $15 trillion debt. republicans say this is a show boat staged with the knowledge that it will fail in both houses of congress, solely to score chief political points in an election year and bad policy at that because it will raise taxes on those they call job creators. the chief executive as we just heard and his allies say it's a matter of basic fairness and that americans deserve to see how their lawmakers come down on such issues with the economic recovery in the balance. >> i remember when 4-$7 billion seemed like a lot of money. it is a lot of money. there is a -- when you reduce theo when you eliminate the bush tax cuts for the very wealthy, that
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adds another $800 billion. so this is a piece of a larger pot. >> the fact of the matter is, the very wealthy can hire the army of lawyers and accountants to help them circumvent this, help them defer this tax, and a lot of small business people who pay flow through income on an individual tax return will not have those resources to do it and they will bear the brunt of this tax. >> reporter: senator cornyn from "america's newsroom" earlier today. the buffet rule, buffeting the nation' capitol as lawmakers return from a two-week recess. we'll be counting those as all day long for you. keep it tuned here, rick and jenna. rick: james rosen in washington, thank you. jenna: moving to the new fallout from the vet service sex scandal asis called, the president promising a, quote, thorough and rigorous investigation. here is the story that is put as simply and plainly as possible, agents charged with tooking -- hooking up with prostitutes during a trip to colombia of the
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summit of the americas. darrell issa is blasting what he calls the free wheels down party saying this could have severely compromised the president's security. ed henry is live with more on all of this and some concern, ed, that this is not an isolated incident. >> reporter: that's right, jenna. the author, ronald kessler, who broke this story wrote this book on the secret service years ago, is calling this the worst scandal in secret service history. you had before the president arrive in colombia # one secret service agents, five defense officials as well, involved in this alleged prostitution scandal in cartagena where members of the media were staying, as well. this happened, again, before the president arrived. so what the secret service had to do was rush those secret service agents out, get them back to washington for this investigation, and rush in a new unit to make sure that the president would be protected. mr. obama yesterday, at a news conference made clear he is not happy about this.
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>> what happened here in colombia is being investigated by the director of the secret service. i expect that investigation to be thorough and i expect it to be rigorous. if it turns out that from the allegations that have been made in the press -- some of the allegations made in the press are confirmed, then of course i'll be angry >> reporter: also investigated now on capitol hill, and republican darrell issa says his concern is not just the sal atious allegations of this one incident but as you mentioned, the potential that this is not isolated, number one, and number two, that it could, in fact, compromise secret service agents moving forward and could lead to some sort of an assassination attempt or something else either against this president, a future president down the road. take a listen: >> i'm not concerned about this president in colombia. that's behind us. i'm concerned about future
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presidents, cabinet officers, other protected individuals, five, ten years from now. this culture, if you will, if it is widespread, if there is this kind of a situation in which people are exposing themselves to potential future blackmail, then, in fact, it will be the next president or the president after that will have somebody who's moved up the ranks who has this in their background. so it's not the personal conduct, it's not a one-time event. it's a question of whether or not the secret service has a plan to make sure they don't have anyone who's compromised working for them in the future. >> reporter: of course, this follow as couple years back when the secret service had that incident where the salahes crashed that state dinner here, compromising the security of the president, vice president, and others. that's why ronald kessler, who i mentioned, the author of -- the author who first broke this story is calling on the secret service director to be fired. jenna: a lot more to this story. thank you very much. >> thank you. rick: for more on the secret service scandal, let's bring
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in bret baier, anchor of "special report" who just got back from colombia. what was it like to be on the ground as this unfolded? >> it was surreal, because i was a moderator of a panel of ceos talking about business investment in latin america, ahead of the president meeting with president santos of colombia and the president of brazil on stage, and basically, this story dominated the coverage. the only thing that was coming out of u.s. networks' coverage about this summit. so it was very strange to be there. i'll make two quick points about the scandal. clearly, it's serious, and as congressman issa suggested, it opens up questions about the possibility of blackmail in scenarios where secret service is on the ground setting up for presidential visits. two, it's important to realize that paint wg a broad brush, the secret service, day to day, does an
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amazing job protecting the president and top officials in the government around the world. i traveled, like ed does now, as chief white house correspondent, and it was amazing to see them operate. so whether congressman issa's investigation shows this is more expansive, we'll have to wait and see, but my personal view is that i've seen the secret service act very professionally across the board. rick: we just heard from the president, his first comments on this. is this a problem for him politically or is this just an overall embarrassment? >> it's an embarrassment, and most importantly, rick, it takes away from what was a pretty successful summit down there. and meeting -- he impressed a number of leaders, talking anecdotally to them on the ground about how he dealt with situations and his statement about the controversy i think impressed people, saying it was going to be rigorous and thorough investigation. but i think that what was
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overshadowed was the possibility of u.s. expansion of business opportunities in latin america, and they are really great. rick: more on that tonight on "special report" i'm sure. i want to switch gears and ask you about the vote in the senate on the buffet rule. we just heard james rosen talk about that and there is polling out from gallup showing that 60 percent of americans like this idea, 63 percent of independents say they're in favor of the buffet rule. the democrats obviously feel they have a winner with this, right? >> very much so. that's why you've heard the president, more than 20 times in the last three weeks, talk about the buffet rule at various events. they see these numbers, they see these polls and the politics of it is very entice fog them. however, when dealing with, as james mentioned, the big picture of $15.6 trillion in debt, republicans are saying listen, you should close loophole, we should expand the tax base, and there should be giant tax reform, much like we saw in the
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simpson-bowles proposal or others. so whether -- who wins out right now, if you look at those numbers, the white house is seeing an advantage in the politics. rick: welcome home, bret, cavment bret on "special report" on fox. jenna: you mentioned the buffet rule is being taken up by the senate but also on capitol hill is this hearing in congress that's going to win on the investigation of wasteful spending by one government agency. infamous at this point. the gsa. lawmakers have their hands full, trying to get to the bottom of some of the lavish events funded by your tax dollars and those are only the events we know of. rick: that's right. there's that clown, and you're going to see more of the clown, and you're going to see more pictures be like this as well, because americans are spending millions of dollars for a little nip tuck in hopes of getting the look they want. but just wait until you hear about the newest trend in cosmetic surgery. we'll tell you about it. jenna: fox news has live team coverage, 135 tornadoes
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to count today, leaving a trail of destruction, stretching from minnesota to texas. the storm system is now on the move. we're going to tell you where it's headed, next. >> two tornadoes! >> oh yeah! >> oh my god! having one of those days?
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5-hour energy...when you gotta get stuff done. jenna: now the fox news weather alert. we're keeping an eye own a powerful storm system leaving devastation and destruction across the midwest and the plains. six people were killed in woodward, oklahoma, where lightning knocked out the warning alarm system so there was no warning for those folks. kansas and iowa where people had more than 24 hours to brace themselves for this onslaught of tornados. fox news has live team coverage now. meteorologist, maria molina is in the fox news weather center where the storm is
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moving next. first we'll go to mike tobin who is on the ground in wichita, kansas, where the storm just passed through. mike? >> reporter: martha we talked a lot about homes in this part of the country don't have basement. here is an example. this home was ripped down to its foundation by the force of this tornado. you know whoever lived it this house, got to shelter because no one could have survived this. we know that there weren't any fatalities here in kansas. you can see a lot of extensive damage. getting a first look around the neighborhood around the oaklawn neighborhood. all the trees stripped of their foliage. the power lines down or hung up in the trees now. what you can also see evidence this particular tornado, estimated at an ef 3, skipped along. you can tell because the houses are here off the backyard are largely intact they have a lot of damage. if you look across the street you can see houses that still have their windows intact. it is really remarkable. again with that tornado
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estimated an an ef-3 the wind would have been between 136 and 1965 miles per hour. martha? -- 165. jenna: mike tobin in wichita, kansas. mike, thank you very much. still more on the storm, rick. rick: the massive storm system is beginning to weaken a little bit as it travels east but we're not out of the woods yet. we continue our team coverage with maria molina. she is live at the fox extreme weather center. >> rick, thank you. we're looking at a storm system that pushes eastward. even though we're not expecting weather as bad as it was this weekend but still a risk and threat we need to take very seriously across parts of the northeast today and across parts of the southeast as we head into tomorrow. it will impact us as we head into the next few days. we're seeing see soar storms in southern parts of texas. we had a tornado warning t has expired now. that storm weakened a little bit. it was to the south of corpus christi. we're seeing relatively
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large cities impacted by storms from this large storm system. we have a severe thunderstorm watch until 3:00 p.m. local time. this is central time including the city of corpus christi. later on today you will warm up across the northeast and we'll see potential of severe weather in parts of upstate new york, west virgina, large hail, wind gusts and ace lighted tornados will be possible today as we head into tomorrow, portions of georgia and the carolines with similar risk. rick? rick: maria molina at fox weather center. thanks, maria. >> thanks. jenna: wave of violence lasting 18 hours in kabul. who is behind it? how will the attacks affect our mission there and most importantly with our troops. we're live with that story coming up. also a government agency accused of out of control spending reportedly blowing hundreds of thousands of your hard-earned money to fund its lavish parties an confesses and trips and -- and conferences and trips and bragging it on video.
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jenna: well the investigation into the general services administration, the gsa, starts today and lawmakers want to get to the bottom of a whole bunch of different issues including a week in hawaii for a one-hour groundbreaking ceremony. or orientation for interns at a palm springs resort. and nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money spent for a single conference in las vegas. on top of that, more of your money went towards bonuses for folks who planned the outing. on top of that the employees produced videos mocking out of control spending on a whole host of different topics. congressman jeff denham chairinging one of the gsa hearings.
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have you seen all these videos. >> i have. it is pretty disturbing. in my district where unemployment is twice the national average people are outraged that that abuse, fraud and corruption can be going on. jenna: talk a little bit about where this happened. first of all, give us an overview because a lot of us didn't know a lot about the gsa before the scandal broke. what does the gsa do besides playing guitar in the office as we're seeing on our screen now? >> gsa is in charge of all of our public buildings. they're in charge of all of government's vehicles. most importantly they set the standard for all of government. before a government can go spend money, before they can plan a retreat it gets authorized through gsa. gsa is the top agency supposed to be creating these efficiencies and they have their own private slush fund. boy, you can see what they have been doing wit it. jenna: there are different regions for the gsa as well. when we talk about the vegas trip the hawaii, trip, the palm springs situation, this
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is all under the western region and one director in particular, jeff neely. but is this all that there is out there? is it only the western region and maybe there is this one guy? we don't know what really happened but there he is on our screen. maybe it is bad oversight by him and a isolated event. >> it is definitely not an isolated event of the keep in mind this hearing we're talking about, mostly happened two years ago. the one in the issue of vegas happened two years ago and then, hawaii. and then palm springs. so this is something that's happened several times now. certainly there are 11 regions across the united states. we expect and we know we have transcripts. we have whistle-blowers coming out saying this has happened in other regions as well. the real question is, does it happen --. jenna: congressman, can you share anything with us what else we should expect to see from these other regions? >> well, this goes all the way to the top to martha johnson, who just was
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confirmed by the senate last year. i mean this is the president's appointee. one of the questions is, not only abuse on these all of these different trips and the lavish spending but the bonuses. the president issued an executive order two years ago saying that they were going to create all of these efficiencies. that there were not going to be any bonuses given out and yet we're seeing across the board millions and millions of dollars in bonuses that have been hidden from the public. jenna: one of the things that we seem to see repeated in a story like this, and this is obviously, still developing and you say there might be other things we see from different regions but we tend to have this, sort of pattern repeat itself. someone does something wrong in government. there is outrage by the public. a hearing is held and then something like it happens again down the road and it doesn't really seem to get fixed. how do you intend to fix this? >> well, first of all, we want to hold those accountable. we want the money back where it can be paid back and
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where there have been laws broken we want somebody to serve some time. we'll continue to pursue this there will be others that continue to get fired where we can show egregious action. but over the next few days we're going to be introducing legislation. the big issue here with gsa they have their own slush fund, their own private money that is outside of congress, that is outside of the administration. basically when the irs pays rent back to the federal government for the buildings that it is in it goes into slush fund. so all of the different agencies across the united states when they pay rent into the public buildings fund it sits in this private fund with no accountability, with no audit. we've been asking for it the last year-and-a-half i've been chair but previous chairman asked for it. so we're going to create the type of transparency that allows taxpayers to be able to see this on an annual basis and have these different individuals accountable to the public. jenna: sir, i have to run right now but do you think the gsa should even exist?
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>> no. i'm actually going to make the case on why we can get rid of gsa all together. jenna: congressman denham i know you have quite a week ahead. tax day tomorrow and same day ironically as the hearings on this. we'll watch news out of that. thanks again for joining us. we look forward to having you back. >> thank you. rick: coming up next, gun battles, bombs, explosion. afghanistan rocked by more than 18 hours of intense fighting. a militant group based in pakistan may be to blame. what does that mean for our already-strained relationship with pakistan? kt mcfarland will join us with her take. that's coming up. the terror trail getting underway for the man accused of plotting to blow up new york city's subway system. we have a live report from the courthouse that is coming up next
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rick: welcome back on a monday morning and "happening now", in afghanistan a series of coordinated attacks lasting more than 18 hours rocking the capital city and other towns too. scenes just like this one playing out across kabul. the taliban initially claiming responsibility but we're now learning that a militant group with ties to al qaeda and pakistan's spy agency may be responsible. fox news world affairs contributor dominic di-natale is streaming live in kabul? >> reporter: that's right, rick, the haqqani network based just across the border in pakistan and north waziristan similar to
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attacks on u.s. embassy back in september, very much taking the intelligence community by surprise. hamid karzai saying the iasf, the u.s. security force will have to answer hard questions why it did not know it was coming as well as afghan security forces. the militants, however, 32 of them killed, lasting into the early hours of this morning when the final ones were taken out with the help of uh-60 black hawk helicopters from the u.s. military here, targeting the one building the remaining militants were holed themselves up. i was talking to a official short while ago, there are holes in intel here. no intel service at all could possibly detect every single threat. it happened before and he says it will happen again. we understand that as many as 10, mostly special operations forces belonging to the u.s. military were injured specifically at one attack outside of kabul,
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actually in the city of. >> law bad in a forward operating base. we believe many of those have since returned to duty. a few others are returned to duty. rick, back to you. rick: dominic di-natale, streaming live for us. thanks. jenna: kt mcfarland, fox news security analyst and host of defcon-3 on live. what do we dough about pakistan? >> pakistan is a real problem t has two hand. with one hand it takes our money and says you will need us to get your supplies through to afghanistan and you need us to help negotiate with the taliban so you can get out of afghanistan. with the other hand, what are they doing? they're supplying and harboring and giving encouragement to the very taliban killing us the haqqani network. so i think the situation with pakistan really points out the absurdity of the whole entire situation in afghanistan, pakistan. jenna: if you were advising the president what would you say is the right response
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after such a day as the one we just saw? >> well, first of all i've been to those places. when dominic is talking about jalalabad, and the forward base that is where i spent a good deal of time four years ago nothing much has changed and nothing will change between now and 2014. our military have done a brilliant job. they have done everything we asked of them. they failed to do two things. karzai government is corrupt and incompetent and pakistan is a safe haven. what you say to the president, look we've given it our best. we have gotten rid of al qaeda. there is no longer in afghanistan. no reason for us to remain in afghanistan of the as far as pakistan, take money we're giving them with those two hand and use that money instead on intelligence gathering and on special forces. at the end of the day we'll leave afghanistan whether it is in 2013 or 14 or whatever and are we then going to continue to pay tens of
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billions of dollars to the afghans to continue the karzai government or its successor government? i don't think so. jenna: as of latest news, karzai had yet to make a statement by the way on this whole attack to your point now about the money. the money is going to afghanistan the money is also going to pakistan. >> right. jenna: say we withdraw completely from afghanistan in the next several years what about the money from pakistan if we decide to take the money back what would truly be the consequence. >> in afghanistan we're not continuing to support it to the extent we've been doing it. a billion dollars a week. we'll not continue to give afghanistan that kind of money. when we withdraw there will be a real shock to their economy. whatever happens in afghanistan, all the good things we've done, we're not going to be able to support that going forward. certainly in the age of an austerity at home. in pakistan, well, i don't think what we do in afghanistan matters a whole lot to what happens in pakistan and the billions of dollars, $2 billion a year we've been giving to pakistan, use that money in
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other ways. use that money with intelligence gathering. use that money with special forces. as one diplomat told me from the region that money is coming into afghanistan in one door and it is going out the other door to dubai and to swiss bank accounts for the corrupt afghan leaders. >> can you double down on pakistan not in the money as far as intelligence gathering? can you move some of our forces closer to the tribal areas? can you go into pakistan and root out the people there really doing the damage? >> or you could be primed to do that if, if you get to the point where you need to go into pakistan. what worries me more about pakistan not so much haqqani network and trouble they will cause afghanistan when we leave it is 100 nuclear weapons and terrorist who is might leave afghanistan with some kind of nuclear materials and come and affect my country, america. that's why i say put more resources into intelligence gathering in pakistan so you know the disposition of those 100 nuclear weapons. where are they? whose hands are they in?
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ultimately if the pakistan government becomes unstable and becomes destablized and some kind of taliban or extremist group takes over in pakistan or at least takes over some aspect of pakistan's nuclear weapons we want to know where they are and make sure they're not coming to a neighborhood near you soon. jenna: definitely a bigger picture for us there. kt, nice to see you always. thank you. rick: from terrorists overseas to terrorists potentially here at home. opening arguments just wrapping up in a trial in new york city where prosecutors are charging a 27-year-old man with plotting to blow up the city's subway system. it is being described as one of the most chilling terror conspiracies since 9/11. and now we're learning a about a possible witness, so-called shadow wii american who was arrested in pakistan in 2008. david lee miller outside the u.s. district court in brooklyn with the very latest. david? >> reporter: rick, start with the defendant on trial today, his name is adis medunjanin. he is facing 11 federal
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counts including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. he is a bosnian-born muslim. he was most recently living in queens, new york. what is significant he is the first alleged terrorist to be tried in the plot to blow up the new york city subway system. all the others accused of participating in this alleged plot have already pled guilty. this trial could provide very crucial information and evidence about how al qaeda operates. among those who are slated to testify is an american. his name, bryant vinis he is a muslim convert. he has pled guilty to be trained by al qaeda in pakistan. that is where it is alleged he met the defendant. slated to testify during this trial. najibullah zazi. he is a high school friend of the defendant. if his name is familiar it is because he is believed to be the ringleader or mastermind if you will of the plot to blow up the new york city subway system. he has also pled guilty. he is awaiting sentencing. as you would expect with
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such a who's who of convicted terrorists slated to testify, security at the federal courthouse in brooklyn, new york, is extraordinarily high. the jury here is anonymous one. their names are not being released. they're being escorted to and from the courthouse. the defense attorney says such measures are entirely unnecessary and will prge prejudice the jury against his client. listen. >> when the government requested anonymous jury we objected to it. we said all these years later, levens years after september 11 there was no reason to create that sort of artificial pressure and tension on the jury. >> reporter: when medunjanin was arrested in january of 2010 you might recall he was in a high-speed car chase with authorities. he called 911. he told the 911 operator, and i quote, we love death, you love life. there is no god but allah. the trial is expected to last three weeks. back to you. rick: david lee miller, live
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for us. david, thanks. jenna: another important story for your family today. a inma juror food recall to tell you about involving a popular brand of lettuce. we'll have that for you straight ahead.
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jenna: a new next hour, hate to bewarer of bad news but you have one day left to file your taxes. we have brand new polling. do you think the government takes too much of your income? rick: i think i can guess the results of that poll. jenna: we'll have that coming up. also a new wave of attacks in syria. how it affects the sees fire there or lack thereof. we'll be live with that story. has the media coverage of trayvon martin shooting been fair? the national rifle association says no. our mead media watch panel take as close closer look later next hour. rick: fox news is election headquarters and republican candidate mitt romney promising to scale back size of government. at a recent fund-raiser in
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florida he promises to eliminate or shrink several government agencies including departments of education and housing. a little bit of confusion exactly what the candidate is calling for. there was a conference call earlier today one of his spokespeople said he is no in fact not talking about him eliminating these departments. tucker carlson, from "the daily caller". a fox news contributor. good to see you that is important distinction not talking about doing away for example, the department of education or housing of urban and development but a lot of conservatives would like to hear that kind of talk, don't you think. >> not exactly clear what exactly he is talking about. at some point the campaign will clarify it. apparently owe did say, quoted in "the weekly standard" as saying he plans to consolidate, shrink and eliminate some departments. look i've been through this before. i ran against ted kennedy in '94. i was attacked for being against education because i called for elimination of the department of education. but i will not specify what i'm for.
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he said he will eliminate some departments but won't say which. conservatives wanted it for a long time. 18 years ago, 1994 when the republican revolution took place they came to power in washington on the promise they would eliminate a whole cabinet departments. that of course didn't happen. pretty tough to eliminate a cabinet department it turns out. rick: i was going to say. this might give us the window into the tricky business that mitt romney is going to have in a general election campaign to continue to speak to conservative voters around the country while also trying to appeal to the independent voters who he is actually going to need to win over if he is going to win the white house. >> that is exactly right. i don't think that mitt romney has, unlike previous nominees on the republican side, you know, put himself far out of the mainstream in the primary. he hasn't gone, he hasn't actually taken starkly conservative positions and that has been part of the reason it has taken this long to wrap up the nomination. i don't think he needs to backtrack a lot and i don't think he will but the bottom line with the departments is, it is very easy to demagogue
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the question. there is no evidence there is direct correlation between how much the federal government spends in education and how good the education is, how impressive the outcomes are, there is no evidence of that. but it is very easy to say my opponent is against teaching your children because he is eliminating this department. bottom line, nothing in washington ever goes away. once it is created, and funded, that is kind of it it will be there long after we're dead. rick: tucker carlson is the editor of "the daily caller". a fox news contributor. good to see you, tucker. >> thanks. jenna: a major food recall over fears of salmonella. julie banderas is on this story. important news at beginning of week trying to plan meals for your family next couple days. what is this all about? >> everybody at home. check your refrigerator if you have salad in a bag toss it immediately. dole food company fresh food division is recalling 365 cases of let tus because it could be on tam nated with salmonella.
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they were distributed in dozen states, alabama, florida, indian, maryland, massachusetts, mississippi, new york, north carolina, ohio, pennsylvania, tennessee, virginia and wisconsin. now the company said that the bags are being recalled a random sample tested by the state of new york came back positive for salmonella. no other dole salads are it included in the recall by the way. recalled salad are stamped with use by date of april 11, 2012. hear is the upc code. 7143001057. below are the product codes. now the product code and used by date are located in the underer right-hand corner of the package while the upc code is on the back of the package below the bar code. the most common symptoms of salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever within 8 or 72 hours of eating. contaminated food.
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dole says luckily no illnesses have been reported. they're contacting retailers to make sure the bags in question are no longer available for sale and they urge retailers an consumers with any kind of questions to call the dole food consumer company response center. that is 800-356-3111. so far no illnesses i should stress on that. that is good news. jenna: we report as much as we can on our website for our viewers. julie, thank you. >> sure. rick: forget about-face lifts or eye lifts or nose job. another proper is procedure is gaining ground as go-to method for those wanting to get younger. we'll tell you what it is and who is getting it done that's good morning, veggie style. hmmm. fohalf the calories plus vgie nutrition. could've had a v8.
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jenna: a new study suggests more americans are turning to a certain cosmetic
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procedure to improve their looks. we're not talking about facelifts or botox but chin plants. chin implants. you're already laughing. this is very serious. rick: my favorite segment of the day. jenna: more than society of plastic surgeons says doctors performed 70% more chin plants in 2011 than 2010. what is behind this trend? we decided to ask a board certified plastic surge on that joins us live from indianapolis. rick and i were talking before the we haven't decided about a our chins a lot. why would one want a chin plant? >> chin plants are for those who don't have projecting chin. jenna: it is easy to get critical of something a little closer. any medical reason why someone would want a chin plant? any real reason besides cosmetics? >> sometimes if the teeth are mall occluded sometimes
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procedures are down to bring the jaw forward or portions of the jaw forward to correct the bite and correct the con turf the chin. knows of what you're referring to in this recent statistic by the american society of cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic chin implants for improvement in the chin contour. jenna: what do you put in there? >> usually a small piece of a silicone implant that is shaped to enhance the chin. there are several different contours that can be utilized. jenna: interesting. rick: so, doctor, you can customize your chin implant? say if you want a cleft you could do that for someone? >> actually they do have some with a little bit of a cleft in it. i think within reason you can customize it. there's different sizes and a lot of that is based on the need. different people have different levels of loss of projection if you will. jenna: real quick here.
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how much does something like this cost? >> probably anywhere from two to $4,000 depending on the part of the country that you're in. jenna: very interesting. dr. turkle. thank you very much. nice to have a board certified plastic surgeon to talk about the trend and we'll stay up-to-date on it. nice to have you. >> thank you very much. rick: only when i shave do i pay any attention to this part of the face. jenna: if you didn't like it you wanted to fix it you can, right? rick: you can do pretty much anything these days. interesting. jenna: that's true. rick: when we come back we'll talk more about the weather, nasty weather over this past weekend. killer weather in fact. tornado terror in the heartland. more than 100 twisters ripping through four different states. why the death toll could have been much higher though. we'll tell you what is being credited with saving lives. also he lost his arms and legs while fighting for our country in afghanistan. we'll tell you his story and what you can do to help this american hero. that's coming up next. everything that i've gained in life
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rick brand new and developing stories this hour, the head of one of the most influential lobbying groups in america criticizing the media for its coverage of trayvon martin's death, and the controversial stand your ground law in florida and elsewhere. we'll debate that. and tax day ticking ever closer, some last minute tips on how you can avoid paying your taxes, or at least taxes -- not all of them! but more than you owe. you pay just what you owe and not a penny more. isn't that what you went? jenna: keeping it legal on this show, right? no bad advice! rick: and taking keys from the justice department, how google has landed in hot water for taking your personal information in a very public way.
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jen certainly a lot to get to today. we start in the midwest where they are picking up the pieces there after a series of powerful storms, spawning tornadoes like the one on your screen there, at least 135 in total reported, tearing a path of destruction through four states. we're glad you're with us, everybody, as we kick off this week, i'm jenna lee. rick: i'm rick folbaum in for jon, and welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now", sirens piercing the air, some forecasters saying the area experienced a month's worth of tornado activity in a single day, and the hardest hit, woodward, oklahoma, six people died, including three children and a lot of folks who live there are still in shock. >> just a lot of cloud noise, just like a big old freight train coming through the house. very scary, the first time we've been through anything like that, so very scary. >> reporter: when you heard it about you think you'd -- did you think you'd
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wake up and see this? >> no. just heard a lot of noises and that's it. it was just like five seconds, and you didn't hear nothing, it was just gone. >> as soon as it passed on the east side i contacted my mom as soon as i can. twelve tries, and as soon as i contacted my mom she called me crying, saying everything was gone. >> there's trees, fires, the gas lines are broke, houses are gone everywhere. like i said, we don't know if ours is standing or not. so we can't get to it. so don't know if our animals are safe. so it's been a tough night. >> in the midst of going through the mobile foam park and the oak lawn neighborhood to check houses to make sure we find out if there's anybody injured and getting medical attention to those folks -- the materialistic things, those are materialistic things. my him can't be replaced. all the things inside my house can. i'm not worried about it. i'm still positive. i heard my mom's voice. as long as i got that, i'll right. rick: as long as he's got his mom, he's all right. rick reichmuth is live in oklahoma with more.
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rick. >> reporter: rick, yeah, the fatality count has gone up to six today as one person in critical condition passed yesterday afternoon, there are still six in critical condition in the hospital and they flew them to amarillo. the damage is extensive, businesses have been destroyed, a big truck there that has been flipped on its side and that was a carpet business, and it's completely gone. at this point, the preliminary estimates from the national weather service are that this was an ef3 tornado. that's winds of around 165 miles an hour. they're going to be out here again today, investigating all of this kind of damage that you're seeing here. one of the hor things about this torn aid oarks and we knew with this outbreak we might see these at night, this one hit at 12:18 in the morning so it's dark out, and unfortunately, a prior storm that went through about 30 minutes before likely took out the tornado siren system, so there were no tornado sirens that
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sounded here, and that unfortunately, one of the dangerous things. over here, this is a business area, kind of an office complex, and rachelle is here, digging through. you look like you're on to something good in here! you're really digging. >> don't get my binders! i worked hard to make these! >> reporter: when i looked over here first, you were excited, you found something in here that was good. >> oh yeah, that i put out on saturday, because i thought there was one day more and i needed it and testify the only file left, just sitting there for me. >> you found what you looked for. >> it's everything i wanted. i never thought i'd say that! >> reporter: what do you do, when you look at all of this, will you do now, are you okay, will you recover? >> as far as office, yeah, because i have everything on a backup, i'm going to take to my house but i just needed this stuff because i hadn't scanned it and my supervisor told me to wait for him but i couldn't! not the office girl today! >> >> reporter: there you
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go. here's the stories, guy, coming out of here, some good news there, but a very dangerous situation, as you're in here digging. i see a little blood on your hand, rachelle, so there's sharp stuff everywhere, everybody has to be careful. >> i have my tetanus shot! >> >> reporter: she has her tetanus shot. eighty-six homes in the town destroyed, and one family, a single father with two children, they all died, and he has an 18 month old son who survived and is in critical condition in the hospital now. so numerous stories like that, and today, we're about 36 hours away now from the tornado, and so people, doing exactly what rachelle here is doing. guys. rick: heartbreaking story and utter devastation on the ground. rick reichmuth live for us from oklahoma, thanks. jenna: now to this story. the taliban stepping up deadly attacks in afghanistan. launching a series of high profile raids in four cities over the weekend, including the capitol of kabul. the court-aided attack
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targeting foreign embassies -- the corrugated attack, targeting embassies and some are linked to the haqqani network which of course has the tie toss pakistan that we continue to look closer at. general jack keene is a fox news analyst. nice to see you. >> good to see you jenna. jenna: i was read ago comment from the taliban spokesman and he says when it is what the attack show, the taliban is the source of this quote, saying this reflects a new tactic, their strength, the capability of launching major attacks, and also shows there is cooperation with them from inside the karzai government. any truth to that? >> well, the taliban is full of propaganda. first of all, the taliban didn't do it. it was the haqqani network that has done it, and they have a history of doing it. frankly, what is really going on is that last year was a critical year for the taliban. they tried to regain the territory and the population control that they had lost
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in 2011 in the south. i was there in january, and verified district by district that there was not a single place where they regained territorial control or population control. their middle leaders are going home to their sanctuaries in pakistan and telling their senior leaders that look it, we're loseing this war. so what this is about, the beginning of the spring offensive, is to undercut the government of karzai to protect its people and to gain a headline in the world. the fact of the matter is it's a limited attack done with small arms weapons, the early reports are the afghan security forces accorded themselves well and if that bears out to be true it's going to be pus for. anst and that's a good thing. the afghan people, if you've been to kabul, they'll be on the streets tomorrow in the market, kids will be going to school, goods and services will be provided, because they know the enemy doesn't sustain these attacks. they're episodic. therefore, they have no
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military significance in undercutting the government and challenging its legitimacy. they are able to sustain these attacks -- if they're able to sustain the attacks that's another matter. jenna: you took on a lot of important topics. one, you said one of the reasons why this attack was waged was to grab headlines around the world and it always strikes me as it's interesting, we'll give headlines to these attacks in kabul and the taliban or the haqqani network but we rarely report on battle wins by our own troops. >> oh, that's a fact. jenna: that's just been the way it is. >> sure. and -- jenna: why? >> insurgents have the initiative on their side. a lot of the media is not in afghanistan the way it used to be. people have early on made up their minds that we can't win this war, so despite evidence to the contrary like the taliban have been handed a stunning defeat in the south, underreported to be sure, and most international capitols, most people don't even grasp militarily the significance of what i'm suggesting to you, because this is the taliban strong hold. the taliban senior leaders
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clearly know what's going on, and they're at risk here. we've got lots of -- of challenges in front of us. i don't want to minimize that we don't have risk in fronts us and we do have risk to the overall success but there's been significant progress and these attacks if they cannot be sustained will not make any difference. jenna: it sounds like what you're saying, the fighting season ahead is very critical and important to the way forward in afghanistan. what can you tell us about that? >> well, this is really critical, because what will happen this season, because the president of the united states made the decision over general petraeus' objection, to remove all of the surge forces which are coming out by the fall of this year. what that means on the ground is we will turn over in kandahar province 40 percent of the lead fighting to the afghans. we're going to pull out two-thirds of the marines in helmand province and turn the rest over to afghan lead this is going to be the first time we will know for sure whether the afghan national security forces are
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up to the task. we think they are. but as i told one of the afghan generals who will take over in kandahar province in july, i said the truth is, you don't know whether you're going to be able to do it and neither do i, nor does anybody else here, but we're going to find out in a few months whether you're going to be able to sustain the gains that have been made. and listen. they're not just showing up there. they've been in the fight all along, with nato forces, since we went in there in 2010. jenna: sounds like an important time to keep our eye open on a lot of different things. general keene, thank you. we're going to have a story in a little bit on this one soldier that caught our attention, travis mill, i mention his name because you need to know his story, coming up on "happening now" in ten minutes. rick: a team of u.n. observers arriving in syria today, they're there to look at the country after the ceasefire that was announced and despite their presence government forces are continuing to carry out a new wave of attacks against civilians. they did that over the weekend. what's going on now?
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leland vitter is live from our middle east bureau. leland. >> reporter: hi rick. the u.n. right now is calling the ceasefire inside syria, quote, very fragile and that may be the understatement of the week, as right now, on the ground in syria, those battlefield-like assaults that have become normalplace now in the town of homs, this is amateur video coming out of one of the last rebel stronghold neighborhoods there inside that embattled city. one activist telling the associated press earlier today that the shelling began early this morning, and has not stopped for, quote, one minute. he said many buildings there are on fire, and this video seems to support that. in the past 24 hours, it appears the syrians have just thrown this ceasefire out the window. back on thursday, they said that they would indeed stop killing their own people. they did for about 24 hours, and it's just gotten progressively worse. president assad, in defiance of his own allies like russia left his tanks and heavy artillery and soldiers
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on the streets inside the syrian city so they could go back at it. in the past, about 14 hours, the u.n. observer team just arrived in the city of damn damascus, that being the syrian capitol. these observers are unarmed, this is the advance team to lay the ground work to see actually what is going to happen and what kind of freedom of movement they're going to have to be able to monitor if indeed the syrians are abiding by their ceasefire today. that same ground is on the phone lines from homs, told the press, better arrive quickly to our city of homs here, and if they don't, there won't be anything left called homs because of this sustain and continuous artillery barrage. back to you. rick: le learned vitter, live to us from the region, thanks. jenna: back here at home, congress is slugging it out over the president's buffet rule. coming up, what we can expect from today's vote and what it means to you. speaking of what things mean to you, you have less than 24 hours to finish filing your taxes!
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jen right now, some opening argument the taking place at the supreme court in a case involving overtime pay that could affect businesses nationwide. workers at a major drug company suing their employer under the fair labor standards act. this is what they say, they say their rights were violated when forced to work off the clock, the jobs were misclassified as exempt from overtime requirements, meaning they don't get overtime pay and personal time required answering phone calls and e-mails. shannon bream has more. >> reporter: i just stepped out of the arguments. here's how it boils down.
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on the fair labor standards act, there are categories that employees don't get paid overtime because of the unique circumstances of their jobs, that includes people classified as outside salesmen or women. for decades pharmaceutical sales reps have fallen into that category, visits doctors, wining and dining them, trying to get them to commit to prescribing a particular drug, however, they're forbidden by law for closing a sale for a pharmaceutical-grade drug. based on that fact two reps for smithkline beach enpseudoo then sued, saying they called on doctors and pushing products, today, the case made it to the supreme court where many of the justices seemed unwilling to change what has been the practice in the farm pharmaceutical industry for 70 plus years but there's a glitch here. the department of labor has weighed in. in a couple of friend of the court briefs in recent cases, through the labor department, though it's actually not a party to the case, they did want to have a say, so in the briefs, it's tweekd the definition of outside salesmen to change it from what it has been. a number of the justices
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seemed uncomfortable with that scenarioo scenario asking the labor department why would it change the rules simply by filing a couple of court briefs, instead of going through a formal rule making process which would be open, public and allow the parties to weigh in. justice ginsburg summed up her concerns, whether asking pharmaceutical reps to mean they would get money for taking doctors out to dinner and playing rounds of golf. jenna: shannon, more on this as we get it. thank you. rick: right now as we've been telling you, the senate is getting ready to vote on the so called buffet rule, the plan being pushed by the president, opposed by republicans, to raise taxes on millionaires. it's estimated the buffet rule would have immediate impact on 210,000 individual taxpayers who earn over a million dollars a year in salary. by 2015, though, three years from now, that number would more than double, raising tax on more than 430,000 households. for more on today's senate vote on the buffet rule, john barrasso joins us,
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chairman of the senate republican policy committee. it's if to see you, sir, thank you for your time. >> thanks for having me rick. rick: you know how this works. it's all about messages and whats arenates with people and people hear that millionaires and billionaires are paying a lower tax rate than their secretaries and they say wait a minute that, doesn't sound right but you believe that it's okay, right? >> well, this is a tax and distract vote by the president of the united states to try to take peoples' minds off the fact that the economy under his polices has actually gotten worse, that he's focusing away from the jobs and the economy. this isn't going to put one more person back to work, it's not going to do anything about the high prices of gasoline that the american families are paying and the impact that that has on their quality of life, so to me, it's a distraction and we need to get back, focused on the economy and getting people back to work, rick. rick: it may be a distraction, sir, but with all due respect the american people seem to like the idea, especially independents. there was a new gallup poll that showed that 63 percent
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of independents, 60 percent of people surveyed overall, liked the buffet rule, and yet, your party, members of the republican party in the senate, are going to vote against this today. is that going to be a problem for you guys politically in november? >> well, i think that the economy and jobs is going to be the big issue in november. we do need overall tax reform in this country so that we have more people back to work and working, that the job creators have some certainty so they can go out and hire people and know the impacts that that's going to have. that's what we really need and that's what people are focused on. i was all around the state of wyoming the last week. people are looking for certainty so they can put people back to work, and i see what the president has been talking about, this so-called buffet tax, has been a distraction, with the president's spending, the decifit from last year alone, you'd have to collect this buffet tax for the next over 200 years, just to make up for last year's decifit alone. rick: you talk about comprehensive overhaul of the tax code, and that's
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something that your colleague in the senate, rob portman, is talking about as well. but realistically, is that something that we're likely to see in an election year? >> i think that as a result of the election, people are going to be voting and saying yeah, we need overall tax reform, we've got to get rid of the lobbyist loopholes that are out there, lower tax rates across the board so we can get more people back to work and overall, revenue for the country will then increase. but remember, the president said that he wanted to raise taxes on some people, even if it meant that overall the country would bring in less revenue because he thought it was fair. the president has a very perverse view of fairness. he thinks it's fair to tell thousands of people who want to work when the keystone xl pipeline know, because he's held hostage by environmentalists. he gives this money to sal indra -- solyndra, well connected to him through the contributions to his campaign, even though it's a waste of tax pair dollars.
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rick: you mentioned congress is back in session for the first time since mitt romney became the party's presumptive nominee. what's the buzz in the hallway? >> people are excited about the fact that we have a presumptive nominee, looking forward to debating jobs, the economy and failed polices of this administration. the president has inherited a bad situation and made it worse. rick: senator john barrasso, a republican of wyoming, thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. jenna: a day when we're talking a lot about afghanistan, we don't want to forget our troops on the ground there and fighting for us. next we're going to bring you a story of one soldier on his third tour of duty in afghanistan. you do not want to miss it. it's coming up after the break. plus google finding itself in hot water, gathering sensitive personal information where you might not expect it. we have a live report, next. of a role in my own life, but with advair, i'm breathing better so now i can take the lead on a science adventure.
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rick: "happening now", brand new information on some of the stories we're watching this monday, new legal trouble for lindsey lohan, a photographer is suing the actress. her driver and her management company, for damages. he says he was run over while trying to snap pictures of lohan outside of a club in l.a. last year. bobby brown is set to be arraigned later today. he's charged with three misdemeanor counts stemming from an arrest in march in california. and robin gibbs of the be. ges has pneumonia and is in a coma apparently, this according to a message on his website. the singer has been seriously ill for some time. most recently undergoing emergency intestinal surgery. we wish him the very best. jenna: "happening now", we continue to keep an eye on what's happening in afghanistan, and we find on a day like today, we cover the big headline attacks like the one that happened
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over the weekend, and at times forget that every day, every moment, our troops are fighting for us on the ground there. which brings us to our next story that really caught our attention. a u.s. soldier was severely injured in an explosion in afghanistan less than a week ago and julie banderas has more. >> reporter: jenna, just as we are learning about a new wave of terror attacks rocking afghanistan, we want to remember the american soldiers who put their lives on the line every day. soldiers like army staff sergeant travis mills who had his arms and legs blown off by an ied last week. he was on his third tour of duty in afghanistan. mills, by the way, is just one of 90,000 veterans currently serving in afghanistan. and to date, more than 15,000 have been wounded in action, with some 1200 service members in afghanistan and iraq left amputees. mills just underwent surgery and hopes to return to the u.s. tomorrow, jenna.
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jenna: let's keep up that picture on the screen if we k i'm joined on the phone by sergeant mills' wife, kelsey mills and we're taking a look at your beautiful family and your little girl, chloe, as well. what have the last few days been like for you? >> confusing and scary. jenna: how long have you been married? >> almost four years. jenna: and this was your husband's third deployment to afghanistan? how long had he been there in this latest deployment before he was injured? >> this deployment, he left february 23rd. jenna: he's been there a short time. do you know anything about what happened? >> i know he was on foot patrol and stepped on an ied and then i was informed 12 hours later. jenna: and the extent of his injury, what can you -- injuries, what can you tell us about that? >> he's lost both of his legs at the knee, or slightly above, then his right arm above the bow and
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his left arm below the bow. jenna: so today was an important day for your family because he's going through some surgeries. where is he right now, and what do you know about his current condition? >> right now he's in the regional medical center in germany and he actually called me after his surgery today, and you know, i told him -- he told me to make sure to say he loves the soldiers, and he was asking about how they are. and he can't really get -- can't wait to get home to me and chloe and his parents. jenna: when will you see him next? >> hopefully tomorrow. it was supposed to be sunday, but they had to do surgery today, the fourth one, but they said the surgery went well. he's in a lot of pain. jenna: we're going to be mentioning some of the websites where people can go and i know you've been active on facebook, which is where we were able to learn about your story and stay up to date with what's
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happening. as far as support, you know, whether it's from the government, or from family and friends, can you tell us a little about that? have you gotten what you've needed over the last couple of days? are there moments where you haven't? what can you tell us about that part of this journey? >> i mean, everybody on social networking has been pouring love and support and prayers towards my family, and just -- the medivac, medics, the nurses, they've contacted me. they say they don't usually keep in touch about their patients but this has really touched all their lives, and it's just, you know -- he has an upbeat attitude. jenna: he sounds like he's making the nurses laugh, by all accounts over the last couple of days and what he's been through, he is known as a bit of a joke sister with the -- jokester with the staff there? >> yesterday they brought in an ipad and he was able to listen to music and he was doing a dance for them.
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jenna: sounds like quite a guy and obviously, this is what he would love to do and still loves to do is serve his country. where do you think that comes from in him, where is that from? >> the way he was raised, i guess. he was born to be a leader, and he was born for everybody to listen to him. his personality demands attention and everybody that's ever met him will remember him forever. i mean, he's just that kind of guy. jenna: well, it sounds true to form, as you're seeing some of our conversations today, and we're going to stay up to date with you and your family, kelsey. thank you very much for the time today, we wish you the best of luck over the next several days. we know they're going to be big, important ones for you and we thank you for the time. >> all right, thank you. jenna: we want to share with our viewers, travis, you're taking a look at a website that's up to date with all the latest information, and hour by hour. we have the latest funds is the up for the family and there's also a big story we have on
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jenna: business news, google is coming under fire in a new battle over privacy. the feds are hitting it with a $25,000 fine accusing the search engine of blocking and investigation into how it gathered personal information for a project called street vi
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view. we have more on this. >> reporter: $25,000 is a lot of money to you and me but to google it is a drop in the bucket. in fact it takes google about 18.5 seconds to earn that $25,000. but certainly a slap on the wrist at best for google. but big issues when it comes to privacy for you and me out there. google is facing heat for its three use program which allows you to map and see different addresses and intersections. google in addition to letting you zoom into people's driveways and letting you see people's home collecting a lot more information, a lot more than it probably should have. a 25 page report that ways usual i'd on friday, google also got access to emails, passwords, internet usage history using unsecured wi-fi network access when it was scanning different neighborhoods. the fcc slapped a fine on google
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of $25,000 for failing to respond to their request for information. i was able to get a response out of google, which said, "we were not found to have vi violated any laws. we disagree with the fcc's characterization of our cooperation in their investigation, and will be filing a response." 25,000 bucks. they probably earned that five times over while i was talking. jenna: good context. thanks. rick: the news media is finding itself in the spotlight over coverage in the deadly shooting of tr travon martin in florida. the national rifle association taking aim at the media's coverage of the case, calling it sensational. >> the media, they don't care, every day's victims aren't celebrities. they don't draw ratings,
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sponsors, but sensational reporting from florida does. rick: jim pinkerton is a contributing editor and writer for the american conservative magazine. alan colmes is host of the alan colmes raid show. good to see you both. are they right, is the media focusing on this one case at the expense of crimes taking place all over the country every day? i tkpwaoged one day travno this morning i got 28,000 hits on google, which i suspect is more than any other murder so far this year. if you had to look up media sensationalism in the dictionary you'd find one murder getting, you know, a hundred thousand times more coverage than all the other murders. i guess that would count as media sensationalism. rick: alan, why is this story getting so much coverage when there are so many stories every
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day. >> reporter: we could say that about every story. natalee holloway, why did that get so much attention. what happened is sensatio sensationalist. one young man with skittles and ice tea with another watch captain who has a gun. the young man is shot and killed, that is a sensational story. it's not like the media forced it to be sensational or makes it sensational, it is a sensational circumstance that happened. rick: i think the frustration on the part of guns rights activists around the country is they see the kind of attention that is heaped on a story like this when a gun is used in a tragic case and someone's life has been lost but they feel like they never turn on the news and see stories where firearms are used to protect or to save an innocent life. are they correct to have that frustration? >> i think they are absolutely correct. there is a recent case in
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oklahoma of a woman who lost her husband who protected herself in her own home with a gun. that got some attention. however, i think what gun owners are not only aware that the media and the left are going to try and use this case to bull doze the stand your ground laws. there is also a bigger injustice, a more immediate injustice being perpetrated. i think it's the indictment of zimmerman, and my source on this is alan durchowitz who attacked the special prosecutor miss koreans unethical and irresponsible for using this. and he is saying, he's a democrat, is that the media has sa stampeded this prosecutor into indicting zimmerman just to get the protestors off her back, and i think that is a terrible injustice. by the way it will have bad consequences if it's an unsound indictment and zimmerman gets acquitted we are in a lot more trouble in terms of unrest.
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rick: i'm sorry to interrupt you, but the mainstream media in general when it covers gun issues, and a lot of times a story like this happens, or a similar type of story and right out of the gate you see on the news people calling for stricter gun laws. i mean is that laziness on the part of reporters? it's so easy to pick up the phone and get somebody to give you a sound byte like that in a matter of seconds. >> i don't buy the phrase mainstream media, that's chained. the media is the mainstream media. ray lafayette gets up and says, if you reelect obama we are goinhe will take your guns away that. that's not right. gun rights have expanded under obama. you can now carry guns in parks. they are not the people i go to to get my information about a fair & balanced few of guns. rick: a fair & balanced debate with the two of you gentlemen.
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thank you very much, alan and jim, could to see you as always. jenna: we have a lot of really important stories coming up, including a few more about what you can do when you -- well when you drive your car, using a gps. imagine landing an airplane with the same system. a live report straight ahead telling you where this is happening, and why. plus tom petty suffering a part breaker. why the hit maker is offering a $7,500 reward for what? we'll tell you. ♪ [singing]
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rick: one of the smallest airline carriers in the country taking a big step into the future of airline travel. alaska airlines testing out brand-new gps landing technology. dan springer following this live in seattle. the way air traffic
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controllers guide commercial pilots in for landing is about to get a complete overhaul. real interesting here. for 60 years the federal aviation administration has relied on radar technology to track planes and keep them out of trouble. that is good to give way to tkpwhrebl positioning satellites. alaska airlines will begin testing the new system at tacoma airport in june. it's a priceee $340,000 on board system. >> you can think of it as like a path in space, almost like a little string through the sky. we are going to follow that skreupbg extraordinarily precisely. >> reporter: it will save on fuel by allowing planes to fly closer together and take a more direct route to runways. passengers also should feel a smoother descent. the system won't replace air traffic controllers but will allow pilots to see everything around their plane in realtime. airports are on board because
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the system will allow more planes to land per hour clearing the way for more passengers to be flown without having to add runways. >> there will be fewer communities affected by noise of arriving aeu craft and for the airlines and for the environment generally it will mean savings of both fuel and money. >> reporter: now this overhaul will not be cheap. the estimated price tag $42 billion to taxpayers, that is the faa funding this massive overhaul of how we land our planes. rick: dan, thanks. jenna: from seattle out to rome now, the pope, pope benedict the xvi is marking two milestones this week. today he turns 85 years old, and later this week he's going to celebrate his 7th anniversary as leader of the roman catholic church. greg burke is based in rome. right now he's in london. we are trying to keep track of his jet setting ways. skwr*eg, what do you havwhat do you have for us today. >> reporter: the pope is taking
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about the final leg on the path of his life. popes don't normally tack like that. while it may be interesting it's also a little scary for those of us whose job it is to follow the life and career of pope benedict the xvi. the pope was surprisingly candid today in the way he spoke about his age. but the fact of the matter is he's been pretty straight up about his health, a short time ago talking about he doesn't have the same energy. talking in a book some years ago he said -- there were wit that he was going to be made the arch beneficiary up of munich. he said he didn't believe it because everybody knew his health wasn't that good. that was 35 years ago. but he's obviously got eve obviously gotten over some of the health problems. pope benedict the xvi what's elected at 78.
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pope benedict has allowed the possibility a pope can at times resign. a papal resignation would cause major problems. >> what do you do with an expope? where does he go? does he ever speak? what authority does he have? what does the other pope, the one that is in charge do? all of that takes us into uncart erred waters. unchartered waters. i don't think that will happen. >> reporter: what do you do with an expope? it doesn't seem imminent. he did ask the faithful to pray for him so he can continue to fulfill his mission. jenna. jenna: greg burke today, joining us from london. greg, thank u. rick: when we come back it's a heart pwraeurbg of a loss for pwraeurbg of a loss for a rock and role legend. he is asking the public for help to row cover something that was
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an upcoming tour by tom petty and the heartbreakers hitting a sour note. police in culver city, california say someone made off with five guitars belonging to the group. they were stolen from a sound stage west of l.a. where they were rehearsing. the guitars included petty's 1967 blond rice nba cher and a friend der broadcaster as well. these are valuable. they are offering a $7,500 reward for their return. they've set up an email address so you can send them any information you might have. stolen guitar guitars guitars tom met jenna: you have one more day to file your taxes if you haven't done it already, or at least an
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extension. what do you think is the tax man taking a limit too much these days. a gallop poll finds 46% of americans believe the amount they pay if federal income tax is too high while 47% say it's about right. 3% say they should pay more. who are those 3%? david asman might know. he's an anchor for the fox business network. >> reporter: i did my taxes on saturday. i don't know about you, jenna. you are much better prepared. jenna: i get stretsed out. i couldn't leave it for the last moment. >> reporter: i was paying over 30%. did you ever wonder who gets all the tax breaks? president obama paid 20% federal taxes. i paid over 30, mitt romney said like 14 or 15 perfected. now there is a study out showing that 46% of all americans say zero, nothing, no federal income tax at all. that makes a lot of people like us feel pretty lousy. a lot of people in the middle paying their fair share feel
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pretty bad. the poll that you mentioned right at the top of the thing, 47% of americans feel they pay about the right amount of taxes. that's because 46% of americans pay no taxes at all. of course you feel good about the amount of taxes you're paying if you're not paying any taxes, right? that is the point. you hear a lot of talk about fairness in this political campaign year. what is fair about some people saying nothing if they are making the same as other people who are paying a lot? the idea of getting to a fairer tax where you have one rate or maybe just a couple of rates, get rid of all those fancy tax deduction breaks that we hear about but don't often take advantage of. that seems to be more of a fairness in my mind any way. jenna: that's what we're talking about the deductions, those are the same things -- they are not the same. i'm not an accountant i should watch myself. >> reporter: they are similar. jenna: with the loopholes, that's where the conversation seems to be shifting where the president's men say listen, they are not really going to -- the republicans aren't really going to get rid of those loopholes
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and the republicans are saying, well maybe we are, but we don't know which ones yet. >> reporter: the problem is, jenna is that a lot of the loopholes are taken advantage of by people who vote a lot. we have a pie shart of those 46% of americans who don't pay any federal income tax at all about 44% of them are the elderly who are taking advantage of tax benefits. about 30% are the working poor and folks who are taking a lot of credits for their children. so these are people who go out and vote regularly, and can be counted upon by politicians to go out and vote, that's why there is no tax reform, because it's election year and people want their votes. jenna: very interesting, david, the timing of it all. glad that you got that off your plate. rick, are your taxes done. rick: all done. jenna: we're all good the three of uts. rick of us. rick: for now. jenna: we need that disclaimer. rick: folks in the midwest are picking up the pieces after a string of violent and deadly tornadoes over the weekend.
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come up we'll have details of on where that same storm system is headed next. don't go away.
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rick: you were e-mailing tom petty, weren't you? [laughter] jenna: i refrained, but it was tough. one of the stories we're getting a lot of reaction to is the story of travis mills, the young soldier who is now a quadruple amputee. we had his wife kelsey join us on the program just about half an hour ago. we mentioned, and we learned that the web site is having a little bit of technical difficulty, probably because a lot of you have been checking it out which we appreciate, and i know they do as well. keep going back. if it's not working for you, keep up-to-date on facebook and also through this web site throughout the day. rick: try again later. thanks for joining us, everybody. jenna: "america live" starts right now. next next fox news alert, the same weather system


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